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Poster: The_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Oct 24, 2013 5:47pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Also, here is a 1950 DuMont clip with the Benny Goodman Quintet on YouTube

A Chicago-based archivist has uploaded this rare clip to YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSBrBj3lv5c

Benny Goodman Quintet performing on "Star Time", a short-lived DuMont variety series which aired during the 1950-1951 season. The group appeared weekly on the series for about 2 months. Teddy Wilson, the pianist in the group, was in fact one of the first African-Americans to be a regular cast member of a sponsored network TV series.

To my knowledge, no complete episodes exist of "Star Time", but several half-hour segments are held by the Library of Congress and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Now, if only someone would upload them...

Speaking of DuMont, Allen B. Du Mont himself didn't like 1950s TV very much. Mind you, he wouldn't like HBO of today much either. From what I've heard, he thought television should be a medium of information and culture...not crime dramas and comedy. He probably never expected he'd be remembered for a network that produced shows like "Captain Video", "Rocky King, Detective" and "Cavalcade of Stars".

On the above list I put together, some of the shows do have surviving episodes. I'd love to hear "Cadbury Show", which I could via NFSA access copies, but really, going to Melbourne just to listen to a 60+ years old radio program? That seems a bit much.

I'd also like to note that I am currently doing an upload of an episode of "All Star Revue". The picture quality isn't very good (there is the letters "VR" marked on the copy from start to finish), but it does feature Perry Como, Ben Blue, Patti Page and Joan Blondell. Once the upload is finished (in about 7 hours) I will request for it to be moved via email.

This will be the fourth episode of "All Star Revue" I have uploaded. The episode itself features lots of delightfully dated humor. In one bit, Perry gets a cigarette out of a cigarette carton (in reference to his own sponsor, Chesterfield), then the camera gives a close-up to the carton which says "Pet Milk" (the sponsor of "All Star Revue".

(note: I woke up at 3:00PM yesterday, and it's now 11:00AM the next day. I intend to stay up for the rest of the day so I can do the upload. So I'll probably do lots of stupid things during the next 7 hours without realising it...and why does my computer keep changing words I type to US spelling? Like it changed "realising" to "realizing").

This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2013-10-25 00:47:32

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Oct 24, 2013 8:36pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Also, here is a 1950 DuMont clip with the Benny Goodman Quintet on YouTube

Very cool! Thanks for the YouTube link, Emperor.

I've always been a Goodman fan. Finally got to see him at the Circle Star Theater in San Carlos, California in the 70s.

Looking forward to your upload too.

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Poster: The_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Oct 24, 2013 11:00pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Also, here is a 1950 DuMont clip with the Benny Goodman Quintet on YouTube

I came across the YouTube clip by accident. I wasn't expecting it to be there.

Also, I just came across a review I did in 2009 under an old account, and I think I am going to vomit *pukes* will delete that review as soon as possible.....

But back to television. I actually had an episode of "Kraft Music Hall" to upload with Goodman (he isn't even credited on IMDb with appearing in that particular episode, 18 November 1959, oddly enough), but the DVD wouldn't rip properly...the file was a mess. The file was unwatchable...I don't mean blurry, rather it had lots of frames being dropped, skipped and froze repeatedly, just awful. Unacceptable for a music program. Shame, it is a nice episode that deserves to be seen by a wider audience.

(as mentioned above, I woke up at 3:00PM yesterday, and it's now 5:20PM the next day without me having had sleep. I am beyond tired).